Massive Jeddah transport project approved
Jeddah, March 12, 2013
A public transport plan for the Jeddah region, which includes a network of trains, buses and sea transport lines, has been approved by the Saudi Cabinet.
The Cabinet gave instructions to implement the plan, presented by Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, within seven years, said a report in the Saudi Gazette.
The Cabinet entrusted Jeddah Mayoralty to establish a public transport company, which is to be owned by the Jeddah Development & Urban Regeneration Company (JDURC), to manage the implementation of the public transport projects in the region, the report quoted Minister of Culture and Information Dr Abdulaziz Khoja as saying.
The newspaper quoted Prince Khaled as saying the public transport plan would be instrumental in further spurring the development of the region and easing traffic congestion in the city.
The plan includes a light train network over a distance of 67 km from Makkah Road to Obhur via central Jeddah. The three-line network will have 22 stations. A 24-km line will link King Abdulaziz International Airport to Haramain Railway Station at Sulaimaniya district in the Old Airport area. The line will have 17 stations. Another 17-km line with seven stations will link the Haramain station with Corniche via Palestine Road, the report said.
The city will benefit from 56 km of the Haramain Railway that link Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah.
The public transport system also includes a network of 816 buses plying over a total length of 750 km. There will be 2,950 bus stations. A sea transport network with 10 stations will be built along the Corniche with the aim of boosting tourism and entertainment, it said.
The government will meet the whole cost of implementation, maintenance and operation of these projects, the report added.
More Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Stories
- Oman Air appoints GSA for Turkey
- $40bn investment in Gulf airports likely
- Celebrity chef to open restaurant at InterContinental
- FRHI appoints wellness vice president
- Dubai, Abu Dhabi hotels top performance
- Malaysia Airlines jet presumed crashed, 239 onboard
- BA rolls out special Mother's Day fares
- Etihad says majority of stranded passengers sent home
- Malaysian jet search team spots 'column of smoke'
- Turkish Airlines revenue surges 27pc in 2013
- GCC airlines defend female cabin crew policies
- Malaysian flight 'presumed crashed' over China
- Qatar Airways likely to buy more A380s
- Malaysia Airlines jet goes missing over China
- Etihad in move to clear flights backlog
- Tourism industry emerges from downturn
- Airbus orders more frequent A380 checks
- Dubai Mall stand offers air safety tips
- Elaf Group plans new hotel in Makkah
- UPDATE: Abu Dhabi airport starts operation
- Qatar Airways mulls options on 3 extra A380s
- RAK features 9 travel firms at ITB Berlin
- Etihad names Patrick Vieira guest ambassador
- Lufthansa to offer Premium Economy Class
- Ras Al Khaimah TDA appoints new CEO
- Abu Dhabi flights hit by 'technical failure'
- Egypt urges Germany to ease travel advisory
- Qatar Airways to get 3 A380s in June
- Paramount eyes expansion in region
- All EU citizens exempt from pre-entry UAE visas